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Posted: March 8th, 2014

Lindsay Grigg scored 13 minutes, 43 seconds into the second overtime, and Ali Binnington made a career-high 62 saves, to lead Rochester Institute of Technology to a 2-1 win over eighth-ranked Mercyhurst today in the College Hockey America championship game at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Tigers (20-15-3) captured their first CHA title in only their second season as a NCAA Division I program.
Grigg fired a slap shot from the blue line and slipped through a crowd and beat goaltender Amanda Makela for the title-winning goal. Christie Cicero scored the Lakers’ lone goal early in the third period to force overtime.
Now the Lakers (23-8-4), which outshot the Tigers (20-15-3) by a 63-25 count, await their fate in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The eight-team field will be unveiled Sunday at 6 p.m. on

Check out post-game interviews with Lakers head coach Michael Sisti and captain Christine Bestland

College Hockey America Tournament recap
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Friday

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 4, No. 2 Robert Morris 1
Championship game – Saturday
RIT 2, Mercyhurst 1 (2OT)

CHA All-Tournament Team
Goaltender – Ali Binnington, RIT*
Defense – Lindsay Grigg, RIT
Defense – J’nai Mahadeo, Mercyhurst
Forward – Shelby Bram, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kaleigh Chippy, Mercyhurst
Forward – Kourtney Kunichika, RIT
* Most Valuable Player

Posted: March 7th, 2014

Senior forward Kaleigh Chippy scored a pair of power-play goals, including the go-ahead score midway through the third period, to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a 2-1 win against Syracuse today in College Hockey America’s opening semifinal at Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The top-seeded Lakers (23-7-4) advance to Saturday’s 3 p.m. championship game against No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology (18-15-3), a 4-1 winner over Robert Morris in tonight’s second semifinal at MIC.

Check out the Lakers’ post-game news conference here

College Hockey America Tournament schedule
at Mercyhurst Ice Center
Semifinals – Today

No. 1 Mercyhurst 2, No. 4 Syracuse 1
No. 3 Rochester Institute of Technology 4, No. 2 Robert Morris 1
Championship game – Saturday
Mercyhurst (23-7-4) vs. RIT (18-15-13), 3 p.m.

Posted: February 21st, 2014

Lindenwood (5-23-2, 5-12-1 CHA) at No. 8 Mercyhurst (21-7-3, 14-3-1)
When: Today, 3 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Mercyhurst Ice Center
On the air: (live stream), (real-time statistics)
What to expect: Mercyhurst concludes the regular season having already clinched their 13th straight regular-season championship in College Hockey America and home-ice advantage for the conference semifinals and title game March 7-8. … The Lakers have tied a season high with seven straight wins. They have allowed three goals or fewer in all seven games (10 goals in all). … They are 14-2-1 in their last 17 games. … They swept a two-game series at Lindenwood on Dec. 14-15 by a combined 11-2 score to improve their record in the all-time series to 10-0-0. … Senior Fs Christine Bestland (17 goals, 29 assists, 56 points), Kaleigh Chippy (14-8-22) and Christie Cicero (15-17-32) will play their final regular-season games at MIC. One of them will win the school’s Bill Smith Award, which honors the senior women’s hockey player that displays exemplary qualities in the classroom, community and on the ice. … Bestland leads NCAA Division I with four short-handed goals, and ranks third with 0.97 assists per game and sixth with 1.52 points per game. … Lindenwood stands fifth in the six-team conference. … The Lions had a three-game winning streak – their longest since joining Division I in 2011 – snapped in a two-game series sweep at Syracuse last weekend. … They will play at Rochester Institute of Technology or Syracuse next weekend in one of the CHA’s best-of-three, first-round series. … Sophomore G Nicole Hensley has 1,077 saves this season – 10th most in NCAA history – to go with a 3.21 goals-against average and .921 save percentage. She broke former Mercyhurst standout Desi Clark‘s single-game record (78 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Harvard in the 2005 national quarterfinals) with 90 saves in a triple-overtime loss to Robert Morris in a CHA first-round game last March.

- Victor Fernandes

Check out head coach Michael Sisti‘s thoughts on the weekend series here

Posted: February 8th, 2014

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team continued their recent surge Saturday afternoon. Special teams and defense had much to do with that.
The 10th-ranked Lakers scored three power-play goals on five chances on the way to a 5-2 College Hockey America win against Rochester Institute of Technology in front of 335 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers have won five straight games to improve to 19-7-3 overall and 12-3-1 in CHA play.
Christie Cicero, Kaleigh Chippy and Jenna Dingeldein had a goal and assist apiece, with Cicero moving within five points of the 100-point mark for her career. Amanda Makela made 14 saves to earn the win.
Mercyhurst held RIT (13-14-3, 8-6-2) to 16 shots on goal. Meanwhile, the Lakers capitalized on the power play – with Chippy and Cicero scoring in the first period to open a 2-0 lead, and Dingeldein scoring early in the third to break open a 3-2 game. Brooke Stoddart made 37 saves on 42 shots for the Tigers.

Posted: January 25th, 2014

Kaleigh Chippy scored two goals and Shelby Bram added a goal and two assists to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a 5-3 College Hockey America win over No. 8 Robert Morris today in front of 675 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers (15-7-3, 8-3-1 CHA) salvaged a split of the two-game series, while RMU (20-4-2, 9-2-1) had its 14-game overall and eight-game conference unbeaten streaks snapped with its first loss in two months. Molly Byrne added three assists for the Lakers, which held RMU without a shot on goal for the opening 23 minutes, 1 seconds of the game.

Check out post-game interviews with Chippy and head coach Michael Sisti by clicking on the links…

Posted: November 12th, 2013

Mercyhurst’s Kaleigh Chippy will join fellow senior F Christie Cicero in serving a one-game suspension Friday.
College Hockey America commissioner Robert DeGregorio has suspended Chippy and Robert Morris senior D Kylie St. Louis for one game for throwing punches at opposing players at the end of a penalty-filled game between these two CHA rivals this past Saturday in Moon Township. Both players initially received major penalties for checking to the head and face-masking, respectively, and game misconducts. But a video review determined that punches also were thrown.
Chippy will miss Friday’s CHA game against Syracuse at Mercyhurst Ice Center. St. Louis will miss Friday’s CHA home game against Lindenwood. Cicero and RMU freshman F Brittany Howard also won’t play that night because they were disqualified from last Saturday’s game for leaving the bench and contact to the head penalties, respectively. Disqualifications carry automatic one-game suspensions. League officials chose not to lengthen their suspensions.

Posted: September 22nd, 2013

Christine Bestland, Kaleigh Chippy and Emily Janiga had two goals and an assist apiece to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team’s balanced attack to a 9-1 exhibition win against the Whitby Wildcats at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Sunday afternoon. Ten different Lakers recorded points in the victory.
Shelby Bram and Molly Byrne had a goal and two assists apiece while freshman Jillian Skinner added three assists to the goal she scored in a 6-2 exhibition win against University of Western Ontario on Saturday. Mercyhurst outshot the Wildcats 50-14. Julia DiTondo stopped 13-of-14 shots for the Lakers, which open the regular season Friday at Minnesota State-Mankato. Game time is 7:07 p.m., followed by the series finale next Saturday at 2:07 p.m.

Posted: September 21st, 2013

Senior forwards Christine Bestland and Christie Cicero scored two goals apiece and Kaleigh Chippy added a goal and assist to lead the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team to a season-opening 6-2 exhibition win against Western Ontario in front of 300 fans at Mercyhurst Ice Center on Saturday night.
Cicero snapped a scoreless tie with a pair of goals less than six minutes apart in the second period. UWO sliced the Lakers’ lead in half twice in the period, only to have Bestland regain two-goal leads with her two scores. Freshman Jillian Skinner scored the other goal for the Lakers, which built a 53-15 advantage in shots.
Mercyhurst returns to MIC today for a 2 p.m. exhibition game against the Whitby Wildcats. They open the regular season Friday at Minnesota State-Mankato.

Posted: September 29th, 2012

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Mercyhurst University women’s hockey team didn’t start fast this time around.
The 10th-ranked Lakers didn’t score in the first period after scoring twice in the opening 18 seconds in Friday’s season opener.
But the Lakers responded strong in the final two periods of a 7-0 College Hockey America win against Rochester Institute of Technology Saturday afternoon in front of 630 at James Ritter Memorial Ice Arena. Mercyhurst (2-0-0, 2-0-0 CHA) swept the season-opening series from the Tigers (0-2-0, 0-2-0), which are in their first season as a NCAA Division I program.
Freshman Emily Janiga provided the offensive spark with the first three goals and four points of her collegiate career. She snapped a scoreless tie 8 minutes, 15 seconds into the second period, and scored again 5 minutes later. She also assisted on Shelby Bram‘s goal that opened a 3-0 lead with 1:13 left in the period.
Janiga capped her first career hat trick 6:31 into the third. Christine Bestland scored twice in the period – her second and third goals of the season – and added two assists for a four-point outing. Kelsey Welch, one of three transfers from Niagara, scored her first goal as a Laker. Fellow transfers Jenna Hendrikx and Kaleigh Chippy had an assist apiece. Molly Byrne and Vaila Higson each had two assists for the Lakers, which went 3-for-9 on the power play after failing on all eight chances Friday.
Senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa stopped all 17 shots she faced for her first career shutout in her sixth career start. The Lakers head to Hamden, Conn., next weekend for a two-game non-conference series at Quinnipiac.

Posted: May 18th, 2012

The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team has gained from the loss of a College Hockey America rival for the second straight year.
The Lakers have added senior forwards Jenna Hendrikx and Kelsey Welch and junior forward Kaleigh Chippy from Niagara, which folded its program in March in the wake of the athletic department’s restructuring plan. The trio ranked among the Purple Eagles’ top four scorers this past season with a combined 23 goals and 54 points. Last summer, the Lakers added graduating senior defenseman Jill Szandzik and rising senior forward Gina Buquet from Wayne State, which folded its program after the 2010-11 season.
The newest transfers headline Lakers coach Michael Sisti‘s 12-player recruiting class for the 2012-13 season. They are joined by nine freshmen – forwards Jaclyn Arbour, Hannah Bale, Jenna Dingeldein, Kathy Donohue, Emily Janiga, and Maggie Rothgery; defensemen Lauren Kilroy and J’nai Mahadeo; and goaltender Julia DiTondo.
DiTondo, a native of Kenmore, N.Y., who played for the Nichols School and the Buffalo Bisons’ Tier I program, will compete with senior Stephanie Ciampa and sophomore Amanda Makela for the chance to replace Hillary Pattenden, a four-year starter in goal.
Mahadeo, a native of Airdrie, Alberta, played for the prestigious Edge School in Calgary, Alberta. Kilroy joins the Lakers from the North American Hockey Academy in Stowe, Vt., by way of her hometown of Cypress, Calif.
Sisti recruited two forwards apiece from western New York – Donohue (Rochester) and Janiga (East Aurora) – and Ontario – Bale (Oakville) and Dingeldein (Toronto). Donohue joined Kilroy at the North American Hockey Academy, while Janiga played with DiTondo at Nichols.
Arbour, a native of South Seatauket, N.Y., played for the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y. Her grandfather, Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour, led the NHL’s New York Islanders to four straight Stanley Cup championships from 1980-83.
Rothgery, a native of Elyria, Ohio, played for the Ohio Flames Under-19 team. The Lakers’ season begins Sept. 22 with an exhibition game against the Stoney Creek (Ontario) Sabres at Mercyhurst Ice Center.

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